School science/garden idea: This frame made to look like a flower pot adds visual charm to growing lima beans with kids. Wet a paper towel and put it in a sealed bag with a few beans. Change the wet paper towel every few days.
Plantes The kids loved watching bean seeds sprout. We put five beans in a ziploc bag with a folded wet paper towel. The bags were taped to our classroom window (with names written in permanent marker). Of course we also read "Jack and the Beanstalk
Girl Scout friends: The Pumpkin Project. Open a pumpkin, add soil & water & watch the seeds already inside the pumpkin grow. Also links to other activities to teach about & observe the pumpkin life cycle.